This book provides an original perspective on a range of controversial issues in educational and social research through case studies of multi-disciplinary and mixed-method research involving children, teachers, schools and communities in Europe and the developing world. These case studies from researchers "across continents" and "across disciplines" explore a range of interesting issues, including the relevance of research approaches to very different national settings, and to the kinds of questions being asked; the barriers of language and culture between researcher and researched; articulating the thinking and feelings of very young children; the challenges of dealing with "partiality" of data; issues of identity, subjectivity and reflexivity; and transferring research approaches from one national setting to the problems posed in another.
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard Pring. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Educational Research: Case Studies from Europe and the Developing World Sadaf Rizvi Part I: Research with Early Years and Primary School Children 1. Photography, School Spaces and School Lives: Using Visual Methods in Schools to Map the Geographies of Children and Youth John Barker and Fiona Smith 2. Reflections on Research with Children in Pakistan in a Mixed Methods Study Almina Pardhan 3. "How Do You Write What We’re Talking About in Our Minds?" Researching and Interpreting the Sense Young British Bangladeshi Children Make of Their Literacy Learning Pauline Macaulay 4. Drawing as a Methodological Tool for Exploring Children’s Understanding About Right and Wrong at School: Experiences and Perspectives from a Pakistani Context Nilofar Vazir Part II: Research with Children and Young People in Secondary Schools 5. Exploring the Experiences of South-Asian Adolescent Girls: How Well Do Semi-Structured Interviews ‘Unveil’ Complex Lives? Geeta Ludhra 6. Collecting Primary-Level Quantitative Data: Experience from a Public and Private School Survey in Pakistan Monazza Aslam 7. "We Want to Understand Their ‘Virtual’ World Better, So We Can Make Them Happy": Pakistani Children Use Participatory Action Research to Explore Their Disabled Siblings’ Support Needs Debora Kramer-Roy Part III: Research with Teachers, Their Schools and Communities 8. Teachers as Participants in Classroom Reform: Promise and Perils of Action Research Anjum Halai 9. A Focus on Interviewing: Constructing Identities of Male and Female Teachers Deborah Jones 10. Studying Best Practices in Community Managed Education Programs in Pakistan Sadaf Rizvi Epilogue: Bridging Research Paradigms, Disciplines and Cultures Michael Crossley
Sadaf Rizvi is a Research Officer in the Faculty of Policy and Society at the Institute of Education, University of London.
"Multidisciplinary Approaches to Educational Research offers an extraordinarily rich set of insights into ways of conducting educational research. Taking as its focus highly demanding research settings, both in the developing world and in Europe, the volume lucidly displays a creative range of research approaches. In so doing, it shows considerable sensitivity on the part of the authors in conducting their studies, both towards their subjects in schools in all manner of situations and towards the integrity of the research process itself. This highly accessible and fascinating volume will surely be of value to educational researchers, not only those who are relatively new to the role but also more experienced reflective researchers, who are facing the challenges of conducting fine-grained research in complex settings."
- Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, London